2014 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra Bios
Saxophonist Andy Arditi, 17, is a graduate of the Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City, California, where he played tenor in the big band and combo. He was also a member of the Colburn Jazz Workshop Monday Night Band, directed by Lee Secard, which won back-to-back DownBeat Student Music Awards for Outstanding Performance awards in 2013 and 2014. Andy has also received two individual DownBeat Student Music Awards in the Jazz Soloist and Original Composition categories. In 2013, Andy was a recipient of the Dolo Coker Jazz Scholarship Award, and in 2014, he was selected to participate in the GRAMMY® Jazz Big Band where he recorded at Capitol Studios, and performed at various Los Angeles venues. He was also semi-finalist in the Music Center Spotlight Awards in 2013 and 2014. Andy currently studies with Bob Sheppard and Shawn Costantino. Andy has attended various summer jazz programs and has worked with Bobby Shew, Bill Cunliffe, Pat LaBarbera, Charles McPherson, John Clayton, and Terell Stafford. Andy will be a freshman at Columbia University in the fall of 2014. This is his first time in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Guitarist Joseph Bell, 16, is a junior at Princeton High School in Princeton, New Jersey. Beginning private lessons in the first grade, Joseph studied classical guitar under Zane Forshee and Ben Beirs at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. After he moved to Princeton, he began to study jazz with Philadelphia guitarist Joseph Federico. In 2012, he was accepted to the Litchfield Jazz Camp and in 2013, he was accepted to the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, where he now studies with Nils Weinhold.
In his freshman year at Princeton High School, he was selected for the school’s Studio Band—their top group—and since 2013, he’s appeared with them at the Princeton Jazz Festival with Peter Erskine and Rufus Reid; the Kennedy Center; with the Glen Miller Orchestra; and in a tour of Budapest, Vienna, and Prague. Selected to the 2013 New Jersey All-State Jazz Band, he has additionally appeared at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Trump Plaza. Also in 2013, he attended the Skidmore Jazz Institute and the Interlochen High School Jazz Summer Program.
His accolades include an NFAA YoungArts Honorable Mention; a total of five Superior Musicianship, Outstanding Musicianship, and Judge’s Choice Awards from the Berklee High School Jazz Festival; a Fine Arts Award in jazz from the Interlochen Center for the Arts, and awards from the New Jersey State Jazz Band competitions. Joseph was recently accepted to the 2014 Stanford Jazz Institute and the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony. This is his first year in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Pianist Chris Fishman, 17, is a senior at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where he plays in different jazz combos under the direction of Walter Smith III and Bill Wysaske. Chris studies with pianists Richard Sears and Adam Benjamin, two of his greatest sources of musical inspiration. In 2014, he was a Music Center Spotlight Award semifinalist in Los Angeles, a YoungArts Merit winner, and was accepted to the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony at University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, and the Vail Jazz Workshop. Chris has performed a diverse array of music, including his original compositions, at Los Angeles venues such as Nola’s, Alva’s, the Catalina Bar & Grill, Blue Whale, Hollywood Bowl, and Disney Concert Hall. This is Chris’s first year in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Trumpeter Michael Gutierrez, 17, is a graduate of Buchanan High School in Clovis, California, where he was a four-year member of their top marching band, wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, and jazz ensemble; and has occupied the first chair in all bands for the last three years. With Buchanan’s jazz band, Michael has performed at the Delta City, San Joaquin Valley, and Next Generation Jazz festivals in the past four years, winning an outstanding soloist award in 2014 at Monterey. Michael has studied under Scott Dean, Wayne Bergeron, and John Daversa.
As a performer, Michael has played with Donny McCaslin, John Hollenbeck, Jim Snidero, Ben Wendel, Shane Endsley, Jeff Hamilton, Mark Ferber, Alan Ferber, John Daversa, Josh Nelson, University of the Pacific Large Jazz Ensemble, George Stone, Larry Honda, Aaron Lington, Barb Catlin, Matt Harris, Gary Pratt, Brian Hamada, Jeff Jarvis, Mary Fettig, Sacramento State Jazz Orchestra, Mike Dana, and Ben Allison.
In 2014, Michael was selected to play in the GRAMMY Camp-Jazz Session, where he attended the 56th Award show and performed at the after party. Michael will attend CSU Northridge as a jazz studies major, and was awarded the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation Scholarship. This is his first year in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Trumpeter Noah Halpern, 18, is a graduate of Roosevelt High School in Seattle, Washington, where he was a three-year member of the award-winning Roosevelt Jazz Band, directed by Scott Brown. He has won numerous awards with the band, including Outstanding Soloist awards at the Essentially Ellington competition in 2012 and 2013. He has toured Western Europe with Roosevelt twice, performing at Jazz a Vienne, and the Montreux and Umbria jazz festivals.
In 2013, Noah was selected for the All-Northwest Jazz Band and the Brubeck Institute’s Summer Jazz Colony at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. In Seattle, Noah has studied with Jim Sisko, Jay Thomas, David Gordon, and most recently, Cuong Vu, the head of the Jazz Department at the University of Washington. He has worked with Matt Wilson, Stefon Harris, Eddie Gomez, Terell Stafford, Marcus Printup, Ralph Alessi, Scott Wendholdt, John Hollenbeck, and Wayne Horvitz, as well as the hip-hop group Atmosphere, the Bellevue College Jazz Band, the Jay Thomas Big Band, a Seattle-based street band called FADE, and the Seattle JazzED New Works Ensemble. He has performed at many clubs around Seattle, as well as the Earshot Jazz Festival, Jazz in the Valley, and the Folklife Music Festival. In the fall, Noah will attend the Juilliard School in New York City, where he is pursuing a Bachelor of Music in the Jazz Studies program. This is his first year in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Trumpeter Anthony Hervey, 17, is a senior at Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where he is a member of the jazz band, directed by Christopher Dorsey. He is also a member of the Pines Musical Experience Jazz Band, directed by Anthony Williams; and is a two-year member of Florida’s All-State Jazz Band Orchestra. With the DCA Jazz Band, he has twice performed at the Midwest Conference in Chicago, and has received three Outstanding Trumpet Soloist Awards from the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band competition from 2012-2014. In addition, Anthony also received a YoungArts Merit Award in 2013. Anthony has attended jazz camps at Michigan State and the University of Miami, and studies with Mike Shaw. He has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Marquis Hill, Reggie Thomas, Etienne Charles, Rodney Whitaker, Stephen Scott, and Ira Sullivan. After completing high school, he plans to continue his musical studies in college. This is his first year in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Trombonist Coleman Hughes, 18, is a graduate of Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey, where he played lead in their award-winning jazz band, Chameleon, and was a member of the Jazz House Kids Big Band in Montclair. Coleman played piano and percussion before settling on trombone at the age of 12, and has since been selected for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 GRAMMY Camp-Jazz Session; the 2013 GRAMMY Cultural Exchange Program in China; the 2012 Vail Jazz Workshop All-Stars; the 2013 Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony; and Monterey’s 2012, 2013, and 2014 Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Winning DownBeat Magazine’s High School Outstanding Soloist award in 2012, Coleman won three consecutive outstanding soloist awards at the 2012-2014 Charles Mingus High School Competition in addition to a 2013 Best Student Arrangement Award as a member of the Jazz House Kids Big Band. At the Essentially Ellington Competitions at Lincoln Center in 2013 and 2014, Coleman additionally won the Ella Fitzgerald Award for the overall outstanding soloist each year. Other accolades and awards include Coleman becoming the first-ever trombonist and jazz scholar-musician to win a Davidson Institute Fellowship; selection as a 2014 National Young Arts Finalist where he was granted a Gold Award for Jazz Trombone; and selection as a 2014 Presidential Scholar in the Arts.
Coleman has participated in summer programs at Skidmore, Julliard, Kinhaven, Jazz House Kids, and more. He has studied with Ben Williams, Julius Tolentino, Curtis Fuller, David Gibson, Steve Turre, Andre Hayward, Weston Sprott, and Anthony Mazzocchi. Coleman has performed with the Christian McBride Big Band, the Mingus Big Band, Winard Harper and Jeli Posse; and the Michael Dease Big Band. Coleman has also performed at the Manhattan School of Music, the Jazz Standard, Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, the South Orange and New Jersey Performing Art Centers, Trumpets in Montclair New Jersey, and more. Coleman has recorded with the Michael Dease Big Band, and through his affiliation with Jazz House Kids and Newark Academy, Coleman contributes to his community by performing at nursing homes, schools, galleries, and cultural events, including local jazz festivals, clubs, and WBGO. Coleman will attend Juilliard on a four-year scholarship as a Greene Fellow. This his third year in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Trombonist Kevin Jiang, 18, is a senior at Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey, where he plays lead trombone in Chameleon, their award-winning jazz band. Initially playing classical piano, euphonium, saxophone, and trumpet from a young age, he began playing trombone at 14. With Chameleon, Kevin is a three-year winner at the 2012-2014 New Jersey Association for Jazz Education (NJAJE) State Finals; and placed first at the 2014 Charles Mingus High School Jazz Competition. As a member of the Jazz House Big Band, Kevin won Second Place at the 2013 and 2014 Essentially Ellington Competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center; won the 2014 Charles Mingus High School Jazz Competition; and was awarded Outstanding Soloist awards at both the Mingus and Essentially Ellington festivals this year.
Throughout high school, Kevin has also participated in numerous regional jazz ensembles of the NJAJE, and during his junior year, Kevin additionally played lead trombone in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra under the direction of Vincent Gardner. He has studied with Ben Williams, Julius Tolentino, Michael Dease, Jason Jackson, Radam Schwartz, and Michelle Rosewoman; and has shared the stage with Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis, the Mingus Big Band, Freddie Hendrix, Andre Hayward, Steve Turre, Al Jarreau, Marcus Printup, Wayne Escoffery, Victor Goines, Kenny Rampton, Walter Blanding Jr., Sean Jones, and Warren Wolf. This is his first year in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Bassist Daryl Johns, 18, is a graduate of the Dwight-Engelwood School in Engelwood, New Jersey, and attended the Manhattan School of Music PreCollege Division where he was a member of their big band, improv ensemble, and double bass ensemble. The son of drummer Steve Johns and saxophonist Debbie Keefe Johns, at the age of 13, he was a semi-finalist at the 2009 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition. Since then, his many awards and citations include being named WBGO’s “Jazz Star of Tomorrow” at the 2011 Champions of Jazz at Lincoln Center; winning the 2011 Michael Kamen Solo Award; multiple Student Music Awards from DownBeat Magazine; soloist awards from the Charles Mingus High School Festival; and being a finalist for a 2013 YoungArts Foundation Award.
Featured in Bass Quarterly Magazine in 2013, Daryl is one of the top young bassists in the United States. He has attended the Vail and Centrum Jazz workshops, the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, the Skidmore, NJPAC Jazz for Teens, Jazz House Kids and Litchfield Jazz camps; the Jazz in July Summer Workshop at UMass Amherst; the Teen Town Jazz at the JCC Thurnauer School of Music; and was selected to the 2011 and 2012 GRAMMY Jazz Ensembles.
In demand as a professional performer, Daryl’s schedule has included a week at the Blue Note in New York City with the Larry Coryell Trio (double billed with the Stanley Clarke Trio). Other high-profile gigs include the Lenny White Trio and Quartet and at the Kennedy Center, Trumpets Jazz Club and the Newark Museum; and the Curtis Fuller Brasstet at the Kennedy Center. He has also performed steadily throughout high school with Billy Hart, Joshua Redman, Vince Herring, Donny McCaslin, Joe Lovano, Ambrose Akinmusire, Michael Cochrane, Steve Johns, Jimmy Owens, Randy Brecker, Russell Malone, Jimmy Heath, Natalie Cole, Geoff Keezer, Benny Green, Steve Wilson, Carl Allen, Jay Leonhart, John Colliani, Valerie Ponomorov, Wallace Roney, and Bernie Williams.
His growing discography includes Understanding with the Wallace Roney Quintet for High Note; I Hear a Rhapsody with the Hod O’Brien Trio for Spice of Life; Discovery with the Michael Cochrane Trio on Steeple Chase; and the Wolf/Clark Expedition (with Michael Wolf & Mike Clark) on Random Act Records. His endorsements include Fishman Transducers and Fodera Guitars.
Daryl is the first bassist to be selected to the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra four years in a row in its 43-year history, and is only the third person to make the Orchestra every year in high school. He’s appeared nationally and internationally with the NGJO in Japan, the West Coast, New York City, Boston, Montreal, and three Monterey Jazz Festivals. Daryl will be a freshman at the Manhattan School of Music in the fall of 2014.
Trombonist Nicholas Lee, 17, is a senior at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) where he plays in their jazz band, jazz combo, and symphony orchestra. He also plays in Colburn's Monday Night Band, which recently won a DownBeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Performance in the Small Jazz Combo division. Before transferring to LACHSA as a junior, Nick attended the Harvard-Westlake School, where he played in the top jazz band, the top jazz combo, and orchestra.
In addition, Nick has also played in the Colburn School Big Band, the Jazz Band of America, the Young Musicians Foundation Chamber Music Series, and the Bill Green Mentorship program of the Los Angeles Jazz Society. His summer music programs have included the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, the Interlochen Summer Arts Camp, and the Stanford Jazz Institute. In 2014, he was selected to attend the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Vail Jazz Workshop.
Nick currently studies jazz trombone with Ira Nepus and Ryan Kienstra; and classical trombone with Andrew Malloy. He has also studied with Bob McChesney, Scott Whitfield, Charlie Morillas, Michael Mulcahy, Tom Riccobono, Elliot Mason, James Burton, Luis Bonilla, Jason Goldman, Bill Wysaske, and Chris Stover. This is Nick’s first year in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Saxophonist Max Lesser, 17, is a senior at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts where he plays tenor in the Jazz Band and Combo. He has studied with local artists such as Adam Shroeder, Gary Foster and Walter Smith III. Max also pursues classical composition as a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Composer Fellowship. His recent musical accomplishments the LA Jazz Society Shelly Manne New Talent Award, an Honorable Mention in the 2013 YoungArts Competition, First Place at the Music Center Spotlight Awards in Los Angeles, a DownBeat Magazine Student Music Award for improvisation; and acceptance into the 2013 Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony. In addition to improvising and composing, Max also enjoys reading books and listening to many different musical artists and composers, including Anton Webern, Warne Marsh, and Biggie Smalls. This is his first time in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Cameron MacIntosh, 18, is a graduate of Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey, where he was a member of their jazz and wind ensembles. Beginning the drums since age nine, Cameron was accepted at age 11 as a student of legendary drummer Joe Morello. He has also studied privately with Ulysses Owens, Jr. and Kenny Washington. As a student at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division, he recently won a 2014 DownBeat Student Music Award for Best Precollege Combo.
As a member Jazz House Big Band in Montclair, New Jersey, Cameron won Outstanding Soloist awards at the Charles Mingus High School Competition in 2012 and 2014; as well as Outstanding Rhythm Section and an Outstanding Soloist awards from the 2013 and 2014 Essentially Ellington competitions. As the drummer in the 2012 and 2014 GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble, he’s performed with Anthony Hamilton and Chick Corea; recorded at Capitol Records, and was a participant in the GRAMMY Cultural Exchange program.
He was chosen to participate at the 2012 Vail Jazz Workshop as well as the 2013 Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony. He’s also played in many venues across the United States and beyond, including Smalls, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Jazz Standard, and Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in New York; Yoshi’s San Francisco, the Monterey, Tomisato (Japan), and Montreal jazz festivals; Jazz Alley in Seattle; USC, Spaghettini’s Jazz Club, the GRAMMY after party, and the MusiCares Person of the Year Gala honoring Paul McCartney in Los Angeles. Cameron will attend the Juilliard School in the fall as the recipient of the Bidu Sayao Tuition Scholarship. This is Cameron’s third year in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Saxophonist Emery Mesich, 18, is a senior at Folsom High School in Folsom, California, and performs as lead alto saxophone for the Folsom High School Jazz Band I, the Sacramento State University One O'clock band, and the Mondavi Center SFJAZZ High School All-Stars. Beginning his musical studies on clarinet at age eight, Emery became a four-year member of the Sacramento Youth Symphony and began playing in various community concert bands. After he picked up saxophone at age 10, Emery played in the American River College Jazz Band, recording with the group at Skywalker Ranch.
Emery has won multiple soloist awards from the Reno Jazz Festival, Monterey’s Next Generation Jazz Festival, and the Charles Mingus and Essentially Ellington High School Competitions, and DownBeat Magazine. In 2013, he was awarded a full scholarship to the Berklee Five-Week Summer Jazz Camp for the Jazz Workshop under the direction of Terri Lyne Carrington.
Emery leads various ensembles of his own in the Sacramento area, playing reggae, jazz, R&B, and original music. He currently leads This Hiatus, which released an album in 2013. This is his first time in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Drummer Ashwin Prasanna, 18, is a graduate of Holmdel High School in Holmdel, New Jersey. Ashwin picked up the bongos at age two; a year later he graduated to a full drum set. A three-year member of the New Jersey All-State Jazz Ensemble from 2011-13, Ashwin also earned a spot in the 2013 Jazz Band of America; the Brubeck Institute Summer Jazz Colony, and the Vail Jazz Workshop, performing and studying with Ndugu Chancler; Matthew Wilson and Eddie Gomez; and Lewis Nash respectively.
Ashwin is also a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division program, where he studied with Felipe Salles and Richard Huntley. Under the direction of Dr. Salles, Ashwin’s group placed first in the Specialized Combo category at the 2014 Charles Mingus High School Jazz Competition, where he also won an Outstanding Soloist award. As a result, he was invited to sit in with the Mingus Big Band at The Jazz Standard in New York City. He will attend Princeton University in the fall. This is his first time in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Trombonist Steven Robinson, 17, is a 2014 graduate of Westlake High School in Thousand Oaks, California, where he played split-lead trombone in their award-winning Studio Jazz I Ensemble, and acted as principal trombone in their Honors Wind Ensemble. In 2013, Steven was the featured solo artist for the Tom Kubis Big Band annual holiday show, and he earned the principal trombone spot in California Band Director's Association All-State Honor Symphonic Band.
In 2013 and 2014, Steven was selected as lead trombone and soloist in California Polytechnic State University's All-State High School Music Festival Jazz Band, and performed as principal trombone for Ventura County Honor Band, and was awarded their annual senior scholarship this year. Also in 2014, Steven played lead trombone and was a soloist in the Southern California School Band & Orchestra Association's top Honor Jazz Band; and at Monterey’s Next Generation Jazz Festival, Steven received a full scholarship to the Stanford Jazz Workshop Summer Jazz Immersion Program for his solo work.
Steven has additionally played lead trombone and in the top combos in the summer jazz camps at Idyllwild Arts Academy, Brubeck Jazz Institute, and University of Northern Colorado. For the last year, Steven has been working with Bob McChesney, and will attend the University of Southern California in the fall, where he received a scholarship from the Thornton School of Music. He’s very excited to be working with their jazz faculty including Bob Mintzer and Andy Martin. This is his first time in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Wallace Roney Jr.
Wallace Roney Jr., 18, is a graduate of Montclair High School in Montclair, New Jersey, where he was a member of their orchestra. Wally is also a member of Jazz House Kids in Montclair under the direction of Melissa Walker and Christian McBride; and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Jazz for Teens program in Newark, under the direction of Don Braden. The son of Wallace Roney and Geri Allen, Wally has played trumpet since he was 18 months old.
In 2009, Wally received a Five-Week Summer Performance Program scholarship from Berklee School of Music, where he was the youngest student. He has twice received summer scholarships from Juilliard School of Music; and has been awarded summer music scholarships from Jazz in July at UMass Amherst, and Jazz Connections in Montclair. In 2012, Wally was the only student invited to perform at the inaugural James Moody Democracy of Jazz Festival in Newark, with Jimmy Heath, Renee Rosnes, Kenny Barron, and George Benson.
Wally’s accolades in 2014 include a full scholarship to study at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music; the State of New Jersey’s 2014 Governor’s Award; and a YoungArts Merit Award. With Jazz House Kids, he also received outstanding soloist awards at the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City, and the Next Generation Jazz Festival presented by Monterey Jazz Festival.
Wally is presently on tour with Russell Malone, Shamie Royston, Ralph Peterson, and Darrell Green. Wally also appeared at the Celebrate Brooklyn! festival in June as a part of the Ornette Coleman tribute, directed by Denardo Coleman. This is his first year in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Alto and baritone saxophonist Henry Solomon, 18, is from Palo Alto, California, and is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, where he studied jazz and classical saxophone under Bill Sears. Henry has performed in many venues across America including the Jazz Standard, Smoke Jazz Club, and Alice Tully Hall in New York City; the Monterey and Montreal jazz festivals; Orchestra Hall in Detroit, Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.; and the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Henry has also toured Shanghai and Beijing, China with the Interlochen Jazz Quintet.
Henry has performed alongside many renowned musicians, including Joe Lovano, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Houston Person, Harry Connick, Jr., Jerry Weldon, Roy Hargrove, Ndugu Chancler, Jaleel Shaw, Juanes, Kelly Sill, Joel Spencer, Mike Kocour, Arturo Sandoval, and others. As a member of the 2013 and 2014 GRAMMY Jazz Ensemble, Henry performed in Los Angeles and recorded an album at Capitol Studios; and has additionally won two DownBeat Student Music Awards for Best Classical Performance with the Interlochen Arts Academy Orchestra; and another for Best Jazz Arrangement. He will attend the University of Southern California in the fall. This is his second year in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Trumpeter Andrew Stephens, 18, is a graduate of Rio Americano High School in Sacramento, California, where he was the four-year lead trumpeter in their award-winning “AM” Jazz Ensemble. Andrew currently studies with Maurice Montgomery and Tom Peron, and has additionally studied under Celia Cottle, Larry Lunetta, Dr. Steve Roach, and Tiger Okoshi. With Rio, he has performed at the Essentially Ellington Festival in 2012-2014; the Charles Mingus Jazz Festival in 2013-2014; both the Next Generation and Folsom Jazz festivals from 2011-2014; and has received outstanding soloist awards at each competition each year. Additionally, he has toured Spain in 2012, Italy in 2014, and has performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival every year since 2011.
Andrew has played or studied with Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Joe Lovano, Donny McCaslin, Lew Soloff, the Brubeck Brothers, Wayne Bergeron, Ku-umba Frank Lacy, Tia Fuller, Conrad Herwig, Ryan Kisor, Phil Wilson, Scott Whitfield, Larry Lunetta, Vijay Iyer, Mike Vax, Bob Draga, Walter Blanding, Wessell Anderson, Joe Gilman, Steve Roach, Ted Nash, Reggie Thomas, Bria Skonberg, the Au Brothers, the CSU Sacramento 4pm Jazz Ensemble, the Red Skunk Jipzee Band, the Harley White Jr. Jazz Orchestra, the Wee Trio, the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra, and Colossus West.
In 2013, Andrew was selected to the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and performed in New York City, Boston, the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and the Monterey Jazz Festival. Selected to the 2014 GRAMMY Camp-Jazz Session, he attended the 56th Annual GRAMMY Award show and performed at the after party. In addition to being a dedicated musician, Andrew is also recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Program as a Commended Scholar and will be attending UC Berkeley in the fall. This is his second year in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Vocalist and trombonist Lizzi Trumbore, 18, is a graduate of Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, where she was member of their top chamber choir, marching band, wind ensemble, symphony orchestra, and jazz band where she played lead trombone. Starting piano at age six and trombone at 10, Lizzi performed with the San Diego Pops under the direction of the direction of Marvin Hamlisch at age 11; and earned the nickname "The Pocket-Sized Bass Trombone Player" at the Reno Jazz Festival when she was in sixth grade. Lizzi has won numerous outstanding soloist awards for both vocal and trombone at different festivals around California, and in 2014, she won a DownBeat Magazine Student Music Award for Outstanding Vocal Performance. She is also a two-year member of the California All-Southern Wind Ensemble and a three-year member of the California All-State Jazz Choir, and has performed at the San Diego House of Blues, Copley Symphony Hall, and Croce's Park West.
Lizzi has studied voice with Leonard Patton; trombone with Sean Reusch; and piano with Paul Holtz and has worked or performed with Holly Hoffmann, Peter Sprague, Gunnar Biggs, Gilbert Castellanos, Steve Weist, Alex Iles, and the Tom Kubis Big Band; as well as with vocalists Jeremy Fox, Christine Guter, Jennifer Barnes, and Matt Falker. In the fall, Lizzi will attend the University of North Texas as a jazz studies major. This is her first year in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, 17, is a senior at Upper Darby High School in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, where he plays alto in their concert and jazz band, and also performs with ensembles at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, the Kimmel Center, and the Jazz House Kids Music Program. He’s performed with Sean Jones, David Sanchez, Christian McBride, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Lovano, Stanley Clarke, Reggie Workman, Gary Bartz, the Odean Pope Sax Choir, Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba; and the 2014 GRAMMY Jazz Band. Immanuel has played the Montclair, Somerville, West Oak Lane, Cliveden, Cape May, and Philadelphia jazz festivals; and the New York Winter JazzFest, the Blue Note, Chris' Jazz Cafe, and many more. He currently studies with Larry McKenna and Dick Oatts. This is his first time in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.
Trombonist Hanne Williams-Baron, 17, is a senior at the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA) in San Francisco, where she plays in the school’s wind ensemble, symphonic band, orchestra, jazz band, and Latin band. She began playing when she was 12, and is a two-year member of the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Jazz Orchestra, directed by Paul Contos, and currently plays lead. The SFJAZZ All-Stars' many accomplishments include a DownBeat Student Music Award in 2013; and First Place in the Conglomerate Big Band Divisions of the Charles Mingus High School Jazz Festival in 2013, and Monterey’s Next Generation Jazz Festival in both 2013 and 2014.
She has had the good fortune to work with Regina Carter, Ambrose Akinmusire, Adam Theis and the Jazz Mafia Orchestra, Ellen Seeling, Andy Martin, Sean Jones, Bill Frisell, Conrad Herwig, Wayne Wallace, Jeff Cressman, Melecio Magdaluyo, and many others. She presently studies with Gregory Gomez and the San Francisco Ballet's Hall Goff. She counts Beyoncé, Gary Burton, Sufjan Stevens, Robin Eubanks, and her talented peers in the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars as her biggest musical influences. This is her first time in the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra.